Vestry members are elected by the congregation at our annual meeting to serve a three-year term. The Vestry currently consists of nine members. (This number is set at the annual meeting.) At the first vestry meeting after the elections, the rector names the Senior Warden and the Vestry elects the Junior Warden(s), Treasurer and Clerk. Although the main function of a Vestry is to conduct the temporal activities, business, and financial affairs of the Parish, the Vestry also appoints and oversees committees, including: Finances, Planned Giving (Endowment Board), Stewardship, and Building & Grounds. The Vestry may also appoint ad hoc committees or teams to address particular needs or accomplish specific tasks. The Vestry normally meets the second Tuesday of every month except August, at 7pm in the parish hall. The Vestry has its annual retreat in January or February – in 2013 it is on the second weekend of February.
The Finance Committee advises the Vestry, the Treasurer and the Rector on financial decisions and draws up the proposed budget for the coming year. The Committee meets separately from the Vestry meetings. The regular members of the Committee are appointed by the Vestry; the Treasurer, Senior Warden, and Rector are ex officio members.
The Stewardship Committee is responsible for teaching the congregation about stewardship year-round as well as conducting the fall campaign for financial pledges. The Committee meets separately from the Vestry meetings. The regular members of the Committee are appointed by the Vestry; the Rector, Senior Warden, and Treasurer are ex officio members.
BUILDING AND GROUNDS
The Building and Grounds Committee is just being formed. The buildings and grounds committee will probably take the primary responsibility for the maintenance of the buildings and grounds of the parish. It may also serve as a coordinating team for various projects and programs of maintenance and of development of the physical properties. The Committee meets separately from the Vestry meetings. The regular members of the Committee are appointed by the Vestry; the Rector, Wardens, and Treasurer are ex officio members.
The Nominating Committee, consisting of all Vestry members retiring at the end of the current term plus an additional vestry member, provides the parish with names of candidates for election to the vestry at the annual meeting.
DIOCESAN CONVENTION DELEGATES AND ALTERNATES
At our annual parish meeting we elect delegates and alternates (two women and two men) to represent the congregation at our annual diocesan convention.
To be eligible to serve on the Vestry, or to represent the parish as a delegate or alternate delegate to Diocesan Convention, you must be an adult communicant in good standing in the parish; that is, a baptized Christian at least sixteen years old, who regularly takes communion, and who makes recorded contributions to the support of the Church.